Studying Effectively For Exams – A How-To Guide

Entrance exams after middle schools have become the common norm for the students who aspire to enter specific career streams. These exams have become the intrinsic component because of the higher number of aspirants and the emergent competition dynamics in almost every field. The seats are limited while each year large numbers of students want to get through the screening and gain a seat in the top institutions in higher education and learning. An entrance exam has, therefore, become a career kiosk for the student and needs to be mastered if the future is to be secured!

What is most required for cracking the entrance exam?

It is important to note the fact that a student despite passing his 10th or 12th classes board exams with good marks finds difficulty in getting through the entrance and screening tests organized by various institutions. This is an irony! Experts in the coaching and counseling field opine that the gap lies not in the substance but in the direction. The student has grabbed all the concepts pretty well but he still finds a problem in applying those concepts of the syllabus while attempting the competition papers at entrance exams! This means that proper guidance is sought by the competitor and in a dynamic manner too; so that he is able to mold the acquired knowledge and learning as per the demand of the higher order questions served to him in the competition.

How to seek good guidance and assistance for the entrance exam?

Choice of the mentor or guide is necessary who not only delivers the core concepts but also inculcates in the student, the ability to make use of those concepts in solving the presented problems and analyses. Practice is also important and thus regular test series need to be attempted by the student. A self-study and assessment schedule should be considered as a generic continuous activity by the student.

Train your mind for the exam

Your mind should be prepared to perform well during an exam. This requires consistency over a long period of time. If you are planning to give your exam in 9-12 slot, you should practice solving papers at the same time so that your mind is trained to be super active during that period.

Stay Physically and Mentally Balanced

Keeping yourself and your mind healthy is quite neglected during exam preparation but it can have adverse effects in the final outcome. Exercise daily and sleep well so that your mind and body are fresh when you are taking the exam. Avoid sleeping late and tune your mind so that it works best in the time slot of your final exam.

With these confirmations, the entrance exam kiosk lays wide open for the aspirant for sure.

A Good Story, But Is It True?

The story: An Ethiopian goat herder of the Ninth Century became amused by his goats’ behavior. Some of the older goats had begun to behave like the young ones. They played chase, jumped sporadically, and seemed to have boundless energy. Then, he noticed that those goats congregated around specific plants that yielded red berries. The goats ravenously ate the berries. After he determined the peculiar goat behavior and deduced the cause of that behavior, the goat herder – did nothing.

A traveling monk passed through the grazing area and asked the goat herder if he might warm himself by the fire and spend the night. His request granted, the two men shared a meal and conversation, during which the goat herder shared his observation about a plant with red berries. Intrigued, the monk gathered a small sack of the berries and he took them with him to his travel destination, a monastery. He allowed the berries to naturally dry out while he acclimated himself to monastic life. Once he had the time to experiment with the dried fruit, he pounded some of the dried berries, and the seeds therein, into a powder and mixed the powder with boiling water. He wanted to learn what the goats experienced. However, he found the sight of the black liquid repulsive, with a bitter taste. He changed the color by adding some cream. He changed the taste by adding some sugar. Then, he drank the liquid.

The monk discovered that he had not tired at mid-day, when he usually took a nap. He seemed to have acquired energy. Had he duplicated the experience of the goats? By experimenting further, he learned that by adding more of the powder to hot water, he did not need to sleep at night either. He believed that he may have discovered a plant that could reverse the aging process. He talked about it, got other monks interested, and word spread about the wondrous power of the plant. A growing industry developed to provide the drink derived in the Kingdom of Kaffa, Ethiopia. The drink became known as coffee. Is this story true?

The alternate story: People have sucked on the red berries of the plant for so long that no one remembers who started it. The berries were known to impart a sort of high feeling of energy, and for some reason, people who sucked on them always craved to do it again. Eventually someone made a drink out of the seeds of the plant after roasting and grinding them. No one remembers who did that. Which story do you like best?